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14 Fun Summer Activities for Kids - 2 Weeks of Ideas
With Just 2 weeks of summer left you may wonder what to do with your kids? Maybe you just want to have some weekend fun. The Counseling Center of New Smyrna Beach has some great ideas for building intimacy and experiences with your kids.
Day 1. See a “one dollar” movie at the theater. Many theater chains around the country offer summer movie programs for kids where they offer a dollar movie every day for a week, or on a particular day of the week all summer. Alternative:
Day 2. Sprinkler day. Delay your sprinklers for one day so they come a little later in the morning. This way everyone can get on their bathing suits and have fun jumping through the sprinklers on a hot day. But not for too long! This is a good time to teach them about conserving water, reducing utility costs, etc.
Day 3. Attend “story time” at your local library. Kids love to check out books on all kinds of subjects. Many libraries also have a story time to encourage a summer reading program. Stories are read out loud and the kids have a chance to interact with the storyteller and answer questions about the book.
Day 4. Set up a lemonade stand. This is probably my favorite idea because of the lessons in entrepreneurship involved. Loan your kids $10 as “seed money” for supplies, or better yet, let them use their own money from savings. This way they don’t get used to the idea that borrowing leads to prosperity. Take the kids along to the grocery store one morning and let them pick up the lemons, sugar, cups, and a couple bags of ice to keep in a cooler.
Day 5. Teach your kids to fly a kite. Check your 10-day forecast and look for a windy day in the coming week. Pick up an expensive kite for the kids. I even recommend springing for the extra spool of kite string on a roller because the string and handles that come with the kites are lousy. The extra cash makes sure that the kite will fly next time.
Day 6. Make homemade Play-Doh. Easy to make and your kids will love it!
Day 7. Bake a cake. Let your kids help bake a cake, and surprise mom or dad when they arrive home that afternoon. Try to bake it from scratch this way the project involves shopping and measurements.
Day 8. Build a “fort” in the living room. One idea is to get some big moving boxes and color them and cut windows and doors into them. A living room “fort” could be as simple as a few kitchen chairs gathered in a circle with a large bed sheet thrown across them and draped to the floor. The kids can hide from mom and dad, read books, or pretends they are camping out in the living room.
Day 9. Go bowling. All kids love bowling. These days, bowling can be an expensive activity. Call the lanes ahead of time and ask if they have any summer specials (certain days may be cheaper). Also check those coupon mailer packs for coupons for free games. To keep costs down, just let the kids bowl – you can work on your game another time.
Day 10. Declare a “bored” game day. I learned to play chess, checkers, backgammon, and poker one summer while staying with my grandparents. Few kids today don’t realize you can play games without a computer. Most of these old board games are inexpensive in their basic form – skip the “deluxe” edition.
Day 11. Have a water balloon fight. My friend’s son attended a birthday party recently and the parents had filled several dozen mini balloons with water. The kids participated in games like a water balloon toss – they start close together, but take a step back with each toss to increase the distance. The last one to break the balloon is out. With that was left, the kids had an all-out water balloon battle. Lots of fun, but be sure to pick up the balloon remains, especially if you have very little ones or pets, as they could be a choking hazard.
Day 12. Create a “mini-me.”
Day 13. Pajama day. I feel like having these days as an adult! Stay in your pajamas all day long. Make pancakes in the morning, bake a pizza for lunch, and lounge around watching movies. Don’t pretend like you have never done it!
Day 14. Get your kids to come up with their own shirt designs, and then have a custom t-shirt service bring them to life. It’ll be a thrill for your kids to see their ideas on their own shirts that they can enjoy throughout the summer.
We hope this list will help you have a great summer and spend some quality time with your children. As always if we can be of any help please call us at 386.423.9161 or look us up online at http://www.ccnsb.com